Mon. 2/1/21: Black Lives Matter requests…

  • BLM’s powerful “Now, We Transform” video here.
  • BLM’S “These Three Words” video here.
  • Support BLM here.

Action #1: Tell Your Rep(s) to Support Rep. Cori Bush’s Resolution H.Res. 25

There are still people in Congress who played a role in the violent insurrection a few weeks ago, which attempted to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist attack. Denouncing the white supremacy behind the attack now, after amplifying Trump’s lies for months, is too little, too late. We must remove its endorsers from Congress — Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and the over 100 Republicans who voted against certifying the electoral college and condemn all targeted and malicious efforts to disenfranchise Black, Brown, and Indigenous voters.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] for Rep. [___] to support Rep. Cori Bush’s Resolution H.Res. 25 to investigate and report on whether members of the House who have sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election have violated their oath of office. If they are found to have violated their oath of office, I want [him/her] to support serious sanctions, including removal from the House of Representatives.

Rep-check here. Neither Brownley nor Carbajal are signed on as cosponsors yet.

Contacts

  • Rep. Julia Brownley: email(CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Action #2: Support the COUP Act – Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing Act 

Miminal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor and support Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing Act (COUP Act).

(Unknown whether Brownley or Carbajal have signed. Assume they haven’t yet.)

Contacts

  • Rep. Julia Brownley: email(CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Deeper Dive.

This is just the beginning of rooting out the toxic white supremacy that flourished under Trump amongst our nation’s law enforcement. We got a glimpse of this when Joe Biden requested a new Secret Service protection team amid concerns that some agents were politically allied with Donald Trump. Now we’ve seen images of Capitol police, a force that maintains strict and intrusive security protocols, welcoming the forces of anti-democracy with open arms. Simply firing the heads of the Capitol police won’t be enough. We need a detailed investigation and course of action to redeem trust and restore security, and a commission to investigate the attack and ties between white supremacists and Capitol Police.

(From the Congressional Record, Jan. 12)

INTRODUCTION OF COUP ACT

HON. JAMAAL BOWMAN OF NEW YORK
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Mr. BOWMAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to share that I am introducing legislation to create a national commission to investigate the attempted insurrection on January 6th, and root out ties between white supremacists, white nationalists, and Capitol Police.

How did a group of armed, violent seditionists march into one of the most secure buildings, forcing Members of Congress to hide under their desks? What did the authorities know, and when did they know it? We need a national commission that will dig into the facts and openly share findings with the public.

What was abundantly clear last week was the stark contrast between the scarce and under-equipped security when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol—and how law enforcement agencies in D.C. and across the country rallied resources to brutalize and suppress demonstrators who were protesting in defense of Black lives and the lives of disabled people.

But what we saw last week is not new—it is a continuation of the American tradition of white backlash in the wake of social progress. And in this moment, I know that my colleagues and I will rise to the challenge and work to help our country heal. But none of this reconciliation can happen without truth and justice first.

As long as we allow white supremacy to continue to thrive in our society and our institutions, we will continue to suffer the consequences at the hands of its adherents. This is why it is so important that we pass my bill, the Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing Act. My bill is the first step in the difficult task of investigating the failures in leadership and security that led up to the deadly events of January 6, 2021, and rooting out white su- premacy in our law enforcement.

I urge my colleagues to cosponsor this legislation, and join me in moving it to full passage.

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